Parents Blame 'Dora the Explorer' Actress for Daughter Vaping & Being Expelled
Dora the Explorer might have been a bad influence on this girl.
The parents of a teenage girl that was expelled from an elite Manhattan private school are claiming Fatima Ptacek, the voice-actress behind the famous character, pressured their daughter into smoking out of a vape pen leading to her getting kicked out of the school. Ptacek only got a three-day suspension.
Nadia Leonelli and Fredrik Sundwall filed a civil suit against the school they actually helped found in the Chelsea area. The court papers say their 14-year-old, “was approached by her friend, F.P., who is a year older in 10th grade at Avenues, to go into the bathroom and try smoking flavored water vapor in a ‘vape’ pen that F.P. had borrowed from a fellow 10th grade classmate."
The suit also states their daughter “was reluctant to try but gave in to peer pressure, wanting to appear ‘cool’ in front of F.P. because she is older than M.S. and is a celebrity, being the actress who does the voice of Dora the Explorer on television and having a movie nominated for the Oscars.”
Leonelli and Sundwall are complaining about the fact that such a drastic action was taken even though the vape pen only had caramel-flavored water and not tobacco. The parents have spent over $10,000 in legal fees trying to fight the school's "inappropriate decision" and have yet to be refunded the $40,000 tuition payment they made even though the expulsion happened a few months into the school year, according to the suit.
“Matters involving litigation and discipline of students are private and confidential,” a school spokesman told The New York Post. A rep for Ptacek did not immediately return a call for comment.
From the looks of it this isn't something that is going away any time soon.